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Utah doctor facing drug charges had license revoked

Utah doctor facing drug charges had license revoked

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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) -- Documents show a Brigham City orthopedic surgeon had his license to prescribe medicine revoked days before he was hit with a 130-count criminal indictment.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reported that Dr. Dewey C. MacKay's license was revoked two days before the indictment was issued.

Prosecutors allege that MacKay distributed prescription drugs without conducting adequate medical exams.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court say MacKay saw up to 120 patients per eight-hour work day between 2005 and February 2007.

State records show the 63-year-old MacKay issued more than 37,700 prescriptions for the pain killers hydrocodone and oxycodone between June 2005 and Oct. 2009.

That totaled more than 3.5 million pills.

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